This Sunday’s Gospel • Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying..[continue reading]. Lectionary scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. Please join us online for virtual worship on Sunday, November 1 at via YouTube.
Fellowship and Music Exploration Ends This Sunday, November 1
We hope to see you this Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. for our final session of the music exploration series. The first 15 minutes are for fellowship, then 45 minutes of discussion.

Click this Zoom link for access. Access this week's handout online so you can listen to the examples in advance and be prepared or the discussion.

Topic - Renewal: a worship music style that draws upon folk and popular music traditions and instruments.
Thank You Natural Life!
Our Red Door clothing closet recently received a donation of women's clothing from Natural Life, with plans to receive more donations in the future. Thank you to our VCU social work intern, Mattison Payne, for coordinating this donation!
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral this Sunday, November 1, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The service will feature an ecumenical and multi-faith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
Missed the Concert?
On October 24 James Taylor, GHTC member and tenor in the Adult Choir, and Charles Staples, pianist, presented a virtual concert featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Strauss, and other operatic favorites. If you missed the performance, or want to see it again, you can watch it here! Make sure to download the program as well. A big "thank you" to James for sharing his musical talents with us!
Annual Generosity Campaign Underway
The ongoing pledges of parishioners support the operating budget of the church. You can make your pledge online, send in a pledge card or contact Judy Bowman to set up an automatic bank draft or monthly credit card payment. Thank you for making your commitment to GHTC early; it helps the Vestry and the Finance Committee plan for 2021. Your generosity is appreciated!
Race at Grace
We promise at baptism to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. We do this with the expectation of having God’s help. Sometimes God’s help comes in the form of a friend, family member, or sibling in Christ sharing resources they found helpful. This is particularly true when we talk about race and racism in the institutions which we love. If you have a resource that you would like to share with your GHTC family, please share it with Kim or Bill. See recommendations about Race at Grace here.
Ushers Needed for Regathering Plan
Although the Diocese has approved our plan to regather in church, we are waiting on the health markers in Richmond to decrease. When we do regather, we will need ushers to keep parishioners safe and follow new procedures. If you are willing to serve as an usher please contact Bill Perkins.
Roadside Clothing Closet Open
Thanks to Episcopal Campus Ministry employee Jasmine Novell we have been able to open a COVID-19 version of our clothing closet. We are now accepting fall and winter clothing for distribution at the Red Door feeding ministry. Personal hygiene items such as travel size soap and shampoo are also needed as we have not been able to restock during COVID. If you would like to donate items, a porch pickup can be arranged or you can drop items off at the church during the week by contacting Peter Knecht.
Vestry Nominations Due by November 30
Nominations are open for candidates for election to the Vestry class which will serve from February 2021 through January 2024. If you or someone you know would like to serve on the Vestry, please submit your recommendation to a Vestry member or Thomas Ewers. Before submitting a nomination, please consult the Vestry requirements and information online. Submit all nominations by November 30. If you have any questions you can reach out to a member of the Vestry, Bill, Kim or Thomas Ewers.